Today is November 11th and we are honoring our veterans that served our country. Do you know the history of Veterans Day? Here is a brief chronology of the holiday:
- November 11th was formerly known as “Armistice Day” marking the end of World War I. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The holiday was created by Congress in 1938 to remember the end of the war and to honor World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the name to “Veterans Day” to honor all that served in the military in all wars.
- In 1968, Congress changed the holiday with the “Uniform Holidays Bill” which moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October to allow federal workers a 3 day weekend. This move caused confusion as many states disagreed with the law and continued to recognize November 11th.
- In 1975, President Ford signed a law that returned the holiday to November 11th.
- In 2001, the Senate passed a resolution designating November 11 through November 17 as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
- People often confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors those that died in military service while Veterans Day honors all that served.
Thank you veterans for your service and sacrifice for our great nation.